Notice to Autodesk Mechanical Desktop Customers

In a continuing effort to provide high quality products, Autodesk has released Mechanical Desktop 2008 Service Pack 2, which fixes or addresses a variety of issues pertaining to the following products:

This README file highlights what has been fixed or addressed, where to download the update, and how to install it.

Contents

Prerequisites
Installation Instructions
Issues addressed by Autodesk Mechanical Desktop 2008 Service Pack 2
Miscellaneous Notes
Autodesk Mechanical Desktop 2008 Service Pack 2 download location

Prerequisites

The approximate size of Mechanical Desktop 2008 Service Pack 2 is 11.9MB for 32bit version and 32.5MB for 64bit version.

You must have a minimum of 100 MB of free disk space for temporary file creation.

Service Pack 2 is historical and may be applied to Mechanical Desktop 2008 regardless of whether Hotfix1 or Service Pack 1 has been applied or not. You must have administrative privileges to be able to install Mechanical Desktop 2008 Service Pack 2 on the following supported operating systems :

32 bit
64-bit
* Microsoft Windows XP Professional, SP2 * Microsoft Windows XP Professional, SP2
* Microsoft Windows XP Home, SP2 * Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise
* Microsoft Windows 2000, SP4 * Microsoft Windows Vista Business
* Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise * Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
* Microsoft Windows Vista Business * Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
* Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate * Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic
* Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
* Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic

Installation Instructions

Standalone installation

  1. Download mdt2008_swl_sp2_x32.exe for 32 bit version or mdt2008_swl_sp2_x64.exe for 64 bit version of Mechanical Desktop 2008 Service Pack 2. This patch can be installed on the following flavors of Mechanical Desktop 2008 installed from :
    • Autodesk Inventor Suite 2008
    • Autodesk Inventor Professional 2008
    • Autodesk Inventor Routed Systems Suite 2008
    • Autodesk Inventor Simulation Suite 2008
  2. Note: This Service Pack 2 will update all language versions. In previous releases, there were separate Service Packs for each language. This is not the case for Mechanical Desktop 2008 Service Pack 2.

  3. Double click the installer to run it.
  4. Once Mechanical Desktop 2008 Service Pack 2 installation is complete, a message informing you that the service pack has been successfully installed is displayed.

To verify if the Service Pack is properly installed, start Mechanical Desktop 2008 and at the command prompt, enter AMVER. A text window is displayed and should report "Autodesk Mechanical Desktop 2008 SP2" for 32bit version or "Autodesk Mechanical Desktop 2008 x64 SP2" for 64bit version. It is recommended that you restart Microsoft Windows after installation of the Service Pack.

Note: Once a service pack is applied, you cannot remove it by running an automatic uninstall program. To undo service pack changes, you will need to uninstall, and then reinstall the product.

Network deployment

It is not possible to create a new deployment tree based off an existing one. If you wish to keep a copy of your original Deployment tree, copy the original to another location prior to making changes.

To add the service pack to a new administrative image

  1. From the Autodesk Product Support website, download the service pack .EXE file to your local computer.
  2. The network deployment wizard requires a patch be an .MSP file. To extract the .MSP file from the Service Pack :
    1. On the Start menu (Windows), click Run.
    2. In the Open box, type the following information and click OK.
      <local_drive:>\<patch_name> /e <local_drive:>\< patch_name>.msp
  3. Insert the product install disc and launch setup.exe.
  4. Select Create Deployment.
  5. Continue through the deployment wizard until you come to the Configuration page.
  6. In the Configuration of Mechanical Desktop 2008, choose the Network license option and specify your license server location.
  7. Click Next until you come to Include Service Packs page.
  8. Click on the "..." button to browse to your .MSP file extracted in Step 2.
  9. Verify that the service pack has been added to the Service packs included in this deployment box.
  10. Continue through the configuration or click Configuration Complete.
  11. Click Create Deployment to start deployment creation

To apply the service pack to an existing administrative image

  1. From the Autodesk Product Support website, download the service pack EXE file to your local computer.
  2. The network deployment wizard requires a patch be an .MSP file. To extract the .MSP file from the Service Pack :
    1. On the Start menu (Windows), click Run.
    2. In the Open box, type the following information and click OK.
      <local_drive:>\<patch_name> /e <local_drive:>\< patch_name>.msp
  3. Browse to the location of the existing administrative image.
  4. Double-click the Modify <deployment name> shortcut to launch the deployment wizard.
  5. Continue through the deployment wizard until you come to the Configuration page.
  6. In the Configuration of Mechanical Desktop 2008, Click Next until you come to Include Service Packs page.
  7. Click the "..." button to browse to your .MSP file extracted in Step 2.
  8. Verify that the service pack has been added to the Service packs included in this deployment box.
  9. Continue through the configuration or click Configuration Complete.
  10. Click Create Deployment to start your deployment creation.

Issues addressed by Autodesk Mechanical Desktop 2008 Service Pack 2

The following AutoCAD Mechanical issues are resolved by this Service Pack:

Fatal Errors Fixed

Bill of Materials, Parts List & Balloons:

Standard Parts & Features:

Symbols & Dimension:

2D Structure:

Vault:

API:

Other issues fixed:

The following Mechanical Desktop issues are resolved by this Service Pack:

Miscellaneous Notes

Mechanical Desktop 2008, Mechanical Desktop 2008 Hotfix1, Mechanical Desktop 2008 Service Pack 1 and Mechanical Desktop Service Pack 2 use the same file format. All drawing files created in any of these versions are interchangeable.

Autodesk Mechanical Desktop 2008 Service Pack 2 download location

You can download the Mechanical Desktop 2008 Service Pack 2 installer through Live Update or obtain it at the following location:

http://www.autodesk.com/mechdesktop-updates

We want to thank all our customers who identified these issues and reported them to us. These reports give us the opportunity to improve the product and provide you, our customers, with the best possible solution in mechanical design. Autodesk would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued business and for the feedback regarding the content of this update release.

Thank you, once again, for your commitment to Autodesk products.

Respectfully,
AutoCAD Mechanical Team